Global Managing Partner

3400 Miami Tower

100 S.E. 2nd Street, Miami, Florida 33131

+1 305-375-9220

Michael Diaz, Jr.

Michael Diaz is a multilingual litigator, trial lawyer, and arbitral advocate with 32 years of experience advising clients, trying cases, and negotiating resolutions to complex civil, arbitral and criminal disputes. He has extensive experience handling visa recovery efforts, FCPA and OFAC violations, and Specially Designated Nationals classifications. He regularly counsels on preventative arbitration and litigation strategies and conducts parallel investigations in complex, high-stakes regulatory, investigative and compliance matters that involve financial fraud, international asset recovery and white-collar crime. Mr. Diaz’s sophisticated asset tracing techniques have resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries for U.S. receivers, financial institutions, and individual fraud victims. He has handled numerous notable, well-publicized litigation and arbitration cases, and cases of alleged money laundering and public corruption in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Mr. Diaz is recognized and ranked in Chambers Latin America 2018 for “Corporate Crime & Investigations, Latin America-wide”, Best Lawyers USA 2018Chambers USA 2018 for “Litigation”, Florida; Chambers Latin America 2018 and Chambers Global 2018 for “Fraud & Corporate Investigations”, Latin America-wide; Florida Super Lawyers International Law and Top Lawyers Honors for South Florida Legal Guide; Global Investigation Review 100 (GIR100). He is recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys and listed among the Top Litigators in Latin America by Latinvex.  Mr. Diaz has earned ongoing recognition from his peers, maintaining an AV Preeminent-rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rankings for more than 20 years. He is also listed among the Best Lawyers in Panama for “Litigation”.  Mr. Diaz is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (ACAMS).

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Miami, School of Business, B.B.A., International Finance

Admissions

  • Florida
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • S. Supreme Court
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of New York
  • S. Court of International Trade
  • Dubai International Financial Center
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

Areas of Practice

  • Appeals & Trial Support
  • Athlete Representation & Entertainment Law
  • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, Asset Collections
  • Business & Finance Transactions
  • Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
  • Estate & Tax Planning
  • Family Law
  • Financial Institutions & OFAC
  • Fraud & Asset Recovery
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Government Relations
  • International Tax
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Personal & Business Services
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • White Collar Criminal

Certifications & Specializations

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

Accolades

  • Chambers USA 2017
  • Chambers Global 2018
  • Chambers Latin America 2018
  • Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2018: FCPA & Fraud; Arbitration & Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® USA 2018: International Arbitration – Governmental
  • South Florida Legal Guide 2018: Top Lawyer: International, International Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® Panama 2017: Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers: International, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Business Litigation, Immigration

Professional Leadership

  • Florida Bar Association​
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Past-President, officer, and director
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC)
  • International Association of Lawyers and Professional Advisors
  • Miami International Arbitration Society
  • National and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida International Bankers Association
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists